Tea Caddies

TEA CADDIES-HEXAGONAL (Equal Sides)

Description:  A very rare if not unique Canton hexagonal tea caddy. The sides are equal in width and the typical Canton scene is on the sides. The rain cloud border only appears around the top. The caddy has a hexagonal base rim. Note: as many tea caddy tops have been broken or lost, their presence adds considerably to the caddy's value. This caddy's top is unglazed on the inside and fits over an unglazed throat. Some caddies have glazed throats and glazed insides of the tops. Be careful when you buy a caddy that they match in this regard.

TEA CADDIES-HEXAGONAL (Non-Equal Sides)

Description:  A very rare Canton piece. It has 2 flowers on top of the base. The rest of the caddy has the typical Canton scene and the rain cloud border only appears around the top. The caddy has 6 corner feet. Note: as many tea caddy tops have been broken or lost, their presence adds considerably to the caddy's value. This caddy's top is unglazed on the inside and fits over an unglazed throat. Some caddies have glazed throats and glazed insides of the tops. Be careful when you buy tea caddies that they match in this regard.

TEA CADDIES-OCTAGONAL

Description:  These two are very rare octagonals and although they have the same shape there are differences. Besides the size difference, the larger tea caddy has the rain cloud border both on the top and on the top of the base. The smaller one only has the rain cloud border on the top and has 4 flowers on top of the base.

Very unusual for any form of Canton, the larger example has 4 Chinese characters on the bottom of the base. Herbert Schiffer says in his book that the marks are a Chen Lung mark, 1726-1796 but are not indicative of the caddy's manufacturing date. Later information indicates these are Kangxi marks which indicates a range of manufacture of 1880-1920. We believe this caddy was made in the earlier period of this date range. For an excellent and incredibly comprehensive website discussing and picturing Chinese and Japanese marks, access this website: http://www.gotheborg.com. For the caddy's marks go into the Chinese section and the Kangxi period.

The similarities are the shape of both, the octagonal base rims and glazed bottoms and both tops are glazed inside and the throats are glazed. Note: as many tea caddy tops have been broken or lost, their presence adds considerably to the caddy's value. Some caddies have unglazed throats and unglazed insides of the tops. Be careful when you buy tea caddies that they match in this regard.

TEA CADDIES-SQUARE

Description:  An unusual Canton piece, this square caddy has 4 butterflies on top of the base and on the outer edges there are 8 bats. The rest of the caddy has the typical Canton scene and the rain cloud border only appears around the top. The caddy has 4 corner feet. Note: as many tea caddy tops have been broken or lost, their presence adds considerably to the caddy's value. This caddy's top is glazed on the inside and fits over a glazed throat. Some caddies have unglazed throats and insides of the tops. Be careful when you buy that they match in this regard.